A Memorable Fourth of July

Ella's first 4th of July

July 4th, 2011. Our daughter’s first 4th of July.

And friends {5/6ths of the Zidan family} stopped to visit us for a few days while on their way home from 6 months in Swaziland.

The Zidans

Ken had built a wooden ship in our backyard and finished it just in time to leave for China to meet and bring home our daughter, 2 months prior.

Ken builds a boat

Kids playing in front of ship

Ken put a bug in Jim Zidan’s ear about painting the ship while they were staying with us and Jim began drawing up a design. It was a brutally hot day–but inspiration struck and had to be dealt with.

painting the ship

Jim and Ken painting

Ken’s buddy, Jake, and his boys, came for the 4th and got in on the  fun…errrr…work…ummm…whatever.

Jim and Jake painting

Despite the dangerous heat index, we were all quite amazed and impressed with what was accomplished.

squid on the ship

crab side of the ship

Well done everyone! Well done!

The ship-painting crew

Happy 4th of July!!

Zidan 4th of July



  1. Jim Zidan says:

    Wow, what a wonderful day. Come to think of it, perhaps my favorite 4th of July ever!!!!

    (So glad Ken decided to hand me that piece of paper and ask for a few “ideas”. Happier still, that he decided to “push a bit” and get us all moving to buy paint and “get to work”. Love how you put it all together, Laury.)

    Thanks for Sharing, AARRRRRR!!! -Jim

    • Laury says:

      Thanks for all your willingness, hard work and creativity Jim! Good way to keep yourself from being forgotten 😉 I’m pretty sure you come to mind every time we look at, or are in, our backyard.

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